Area history, May 29, 2014

Area history, May 29, 2014

Today is Thursday, May 29, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1914: Fitting ceremonies were held this morning in the assembly room at Champaign High School, the last time that a high school assembly will be held in the old building. Champaign High School will move to its new home later this year.

In 1964: Gerald Weiss, a University of Illinois student and chairman of the Champaign County NAACP housing committee, has signed a complaint charging Champaign Mayor Emmerson Dexter with battery. "When I looked back, the mayor popped him," said Chris Vlahoplus, press secretary to Gov. Otto Kerner, who was in town to dedicate a Lincoln "eternal light" monument. "I saw him (Weiss) push the mayor," said state Rep. Leo Pfeffer, D-Seymour. "I pushed back — harder," said Dexter.

In 1999: The University of Illinois will receive $42 million more from the state under a spending plan approved by state lawmakers this week.

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